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Dec 4, 2013

Italy’s top court rules electoral law breaches constitution

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s electoral law is unconstitutional, its top court ruled on Wednesday, piling pressure on political parties to reform a system blamed for creating parliamentary deadlock.

Most politicians agree, at least in public, that the electoral rules which helped produce a hung parliament after February’s national vote must change to give Italy a chance of forming a stable government.

Nov 12, 2013

Italian banks told to raise 1.2 bln euros for ECB review

ROME, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Italian banks will need to raise
1.2 billion euros to meet a minimum threshold for higher-quality
capital set by the European Central Bank in a planned check-up
of euro zone lenders, the Bank of Italy said on Tuesday.

In its bi-annual Financial Stability Report, Italy’s banking
regulator said it had already asked weaker lenders in a group of
15 due to be scrutinised by the ECB to boost their capital base
and said it was keeping a close eye on them.

Nov 4, 2013

Italy eyes ‘Google Tax’ to help fix public finances

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s largest ruling party has proposed legislation to raise government revenues by making it more expensive for multinational online companies like Google, Amazon and Yahoo to do business there.

A bill tabled by the center-left Democratic Party (PD) aims to raise at least 1 billion euros through a law, dubbed the “Google Tax”, obliging companies that advertise and sell online in Italy to do so only through agencies with a tax presence in the country.

Oct 17, 2013

Italy’s Monti quits party as budget opposition mounts

ROME (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Mario Monti on Thursday left the party he founded this year as political tensions over Italy’s 2014 budget raised a new threat to the stability of Enrico Letta’s government.

Monti said he was quitting because a group of senators from his centrist Civic Choice party, which is part of the ruling coalition, rejected his criticism of the budget thus undermining his leadership of the party.

Oct 17, 2013

Hostile reaction to Italian budget may pose new threat to PM Letta

ROME (Reuters) – A hostile domestic reaction to Italy’s 2014 budget may pose a new threat to the stability of Enrico Letta’s government just weeks after the prime minister defeated Silvio Berlusconi’s attempt to topple him.

The budget, unveiled on Tuesday, has been attacked by employers, unions and most of Italy’s media, and also by senior politicians in Letta’s left-right ruling coalition who have virtually disowned the package.

Oct 16, 2013

Analysis: Letta plays safe with solid but unambitious Italian budget

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s 2014 budget plays by the European Union rules, but seems designed more to offend nobody than to give the euro zone’s most chronically sluggish economy a decisive boost.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta largely avoided unfunded tax cuts in the budget, which his cabinet approved late on Tuesday, meaning the deficit should stay within the EU ceiling set at 3 percent of economic output.

Oct 14, 2013

Italy seeking spending cuts in 2014 budget

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian cabinet will try to agree on Tuesday on a 2014 budget geared to reviving a chronically stagnant economy by cutting taxes and spending, while keeping the budget deficit inside the EU ceiling.

Enrico Letta’s left-right coalition has an easier task than its predecessors because, after the austerity of recent years, there is no longer a need for net fiscal tightening.

Oct 10, 2013

Tasks for Italy’s Letta after beating Berlusconi challenge

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s near term survival seems to be assured after beating an attempt by center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi to bring down his coalition government.

The government may now be less prone to infighting and instability, but it still faces an arduous task to put public finances on a sound footing and turn around what has been the euro zone’s most sluggish economy for more than a decade.

Oct 3, 2013

Letta bets on Berlusconi rebels for more stable Italian future

ROME, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Fresh from surviving a political
crisis, Prime Minister Enrico Letta must return rapidly to
Italy’s daunting economic problems but much depends on the fate
of the man who tried to bring him down, Silvio Berlusconi.

If a split in Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party
becomes permanent after this week’s failed attempt to topple
Letta, the centre-right could become less bellicose in demanding
the tax cuts that split the coalition and strained public
finances.

Oct 2, 2013

Alfano turns on his master in bid to lead Italy’s right

ROME (Reuters) – Angelino Alfano may have changed the future of Italian politics by leading the internal party revolt that thwarted Silvio Berlusconi’s attempt to bring down the country’s coalition government.

Few thought he had it in him. The 42-year-old former Christian Democrat from Sicily was considered so loyal to Berlusconi that his name had become almost a by-word for subservience.